Issue 18 -- should I vote for it?

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Thu, 11/02/2006 - 01:49.

Issue 18 -- the signs make it seem so clear. "Arts & Culture". Yes! I'm for that! That's what my life is all about, really; five years earning my B.A. in fine arts, two years for a  M.A. in art history , 6 years of a Ph.D. in art history and museum studies. I go to art openings, visit MOCA and the CMA frequently, and I collect art. I go to the opera, the film festival, a few plays and musicals each year. I love to support arts and culture.

Picasso in 1906: Savoring the Secrets of the Mysterious Land

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Wed, 11/01/2006 - 14:55.
11/01/2006 - 18:30
11/01/2006 - 19:30

Free lectures at the CMA in conjunction with BARCELONA & MODERNITY: PICASSO, GAUDI, MIRO, DALI

Wednesday, November 1
6:30-7:30 pm
Jordi Falgas, Cleveland Fellow in Modern Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art


Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard Recital Hall
Cleveland, OH
United States


Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Wed, 11/01/2006 - 14:46.
11/02/2006 - 16:00
11/02/2006 - 18:00

Sponsored By
The Department of Art History & Art
Case Western Reserve University
November 2, 2006
SUNY Geneseo


Case Western Reserve UniversityBaker-Nord Center, Clark Hall 206
Bellflower Rd. (between East Blvd. and Ford)
Cleveland, OH
United States

Happy 2nd B-Day, REALNEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 10/26/2006 - 01:22.

Two weeks ago saw the second birthday of REALNEO. I started REALNEO in October, 2004, to provide “Regional Economic Action Links for North East Ohio” and implement for the region some exciting open source social networking technology. While the outcomes have not been entirely what I expected, and these years have in ways been rough, I've been thrilled to help drive and support some great developments in the community.

"Meat-Fox-Schmidt" opening at Kelly Randall Gallery

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Thu, 10/19/2006 - 14:50.
10/28/2006 - 19:00
10/28/2006 - 21:30

I saw the work of Meat in a show at Asterisk a few months ago and was quite impressed. Only a few works though, I can't wait to see more. Meat has actually had a few shows in Cleveland recently, a show at Kelly Randall Gallery in 2004 and a show at Miller-Weitzel Gallery this past January. (The image I posted is from the MW show). The other two artists are new to me!


Kelly Randall Gallery - Tremont
2678 West 14th Street
Cleveland, OH
United States

Trick My Vote: Science, Intellectual Courage, and the Battle for America's Soul" topic of a free public lecture by Ken Miler

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Thu, 10/19/2006 - 12:48.
10/26/2006 - 11:30
10/26/2006 - 13:00

Trick My Vote: Science, Intellectual Courage, and the Battle for America's Soul" is the topic of a free public lecture by Ken Miller, biologist at Brown University, expert witness at the Dover, PA "Panda Trial," and author of the book Finding Darwin's God. He will explain why every college student must vote. Program will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, October 26, in Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library. Visit /scholars/Events.htm for more information.


CWRU, Ford Auditorium, corner of Euclid and Ford
corner of Euclid and Ford
Cleveland, OH
United States

Barcelona and Anarchism in the Age of the Avant-Gardes

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Tue, 10/17/2006 - 14:34.
11/15/2006 - 17:00

2nd Annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture in Art History

William H. Robinson (PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 1988)

Curator, Modern European Art, Cleveland Museum of Art

Adjunct Professor, Department of Art History & Art, Case Western Reserve University


Cleveland Museum of Art, Lecture Hall
East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH
United States

Humanitarian Interests: Anti-Slavery Activism in Concord, Massachusetts

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Tue, 10/17/2006 - 11:21.
10/27/2006 - 16:00
10/27/2006 - 18:00

Humanitarian Interests: Anti-Slavery Activism in Concord, Massachusetts

a lecture presented by Case Western Reserve History Department and the American Studies Program

Robert A. Gross, Draper Professor of Early American History, University of Connecticut, Author of The Minutemen and Their World, Winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History.


Mather House 100, Case Western Reserve University
Euclid Avenue (between Ford and East Blvd.)
Cleveland, OH
United States

ClevelandBIkes To Host “Silent Ride” In Memory of Charles Barr of Orchestra- Community Event To Promote Cycling Safety

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Mon, 10/16/2006 - 21:44.

Please join members of ClevelandBikes, friends and colleague with The Cleveland Orchestra on a silent ride in memory of Orchestra member Charles Barr, killed in a cycling accident on August 11th.  The ride is scheduled for Sunday October 22nd at 2:00 pm.

A silent ride is a low-speed group ride in memory of cyclists injured or killed while riding. The ride is intended to create opportunities for communities to spend their time and thoughts in a shared activity, winding through University Circle and past Severance Hall, the home of The Cleveland Orchestra. The ride (excluding the registration and safe riding instructions) will take approximately 30 minutes. Unfortunately, unaccompanied minors, or those under age thirteen, will not be able to participate in the ride. The ride proceeds regardless of weather.

Catch the Clash at Plain Dealer BRAIN GAIN event

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 10/14/2006 - 12:40.
10/25/2006 - 17:30
10/25/2006 - 20:00

From Denise Polverine's "Young Professionals" blog on, there's an interesting "Brain Gain" event coming up at the Rock Hall. I went to an earlier one of these events and they are interesting... if you plan to go, be certain to RSVP as they are strick about that:


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
One Key Plaza (East Ninth Street at Lake Erie)
Cleveland, OH
United States

Zero One San Jose to Ingenuity Three in Cleveland - Glocalization for 2007

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 10/13/2006 - 00:09.

Today, at WVIZ IdeaCenter, Ingenuity Festival founder and director James Levin hosted his peer Steve Dietz, director of a remarkable "sister" arts and technology festival ZeroOne San Jose, along with a group of NEO arts leaders, for intimate planning for the 3rd Ingenuity Festival, which will be held around Playhouse Square and Cleveland State University in 2007. James introduced the discussion by explaining he had been in San Jose last month for ZeroOne and is working with the organizers of that event in his brainstorming for our festival, which is one of the most exceptional of its type in the world. And, based on what was presented and discussed today with Steve Dietz, Ingenuity Festival is about to get much more exceptional... James is looking and partnering very globally and focused on strengthening the integration of "technology" into Ingenuity 2007. This was clearly a strength in the exciting artistic expressions of ZeroOne, as presented in an impressive overview by Dietz.

International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers 2006 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 09/26/2006 - 15:04.
10/18/2006 - 08:00
10/20/2006 - 17:00

I just got the following event details from our Tech Czar Michael DeAloia about an important international conference coming to Cleveland - The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers - with keynote by Case VP of IT Lev Gonick (congratulations, Lev). I've worked with lots of high level global IT managers and they are an excellent draw to Cleveland... they like to explore and they spend money, so this conference is a gem. And they are offering a special deal for Cleveland IT companies worth checking out. Most interesting to me and you is how they are selling Cleveland to their international membership... check out our forum on 22 reasons to attend this conference in Cleveland, Ohio, and add your ideas to share with these important guests of our community, and all others! See conference details below...


Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
24 Public Square Details at
Cleveland, OH
United States

Issues of Glocalization equally important in Toronto and Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 09/17/2006 - 00:49.

This weekend the Toronto arts and culture scene was world-class beyond belief, featuring the final weekend of the Toronto Film Festival, the opening of the new Four Seasons Opera House (premiering Wagner's Ring Cycle), many smaller community arts festivals, and two major arts festivals – the Queen West Arts Crawl, featuring over 500 artists and galleries along mind-blowing Queen Street) and the august 11th Annual Canadian Art Gallery Hop. The Queen West Arts Crawl was way cool, but I stayed in Toronto an extra day for Software Freedom Day and the Canadian Art Gallery Hop, as that featured a free “Glocal Live Roundtable” of many of Canada's arts leaders. “The term GLOCAL fuses global with local and points to the meshing of macro and micro realms of experience in the contemporary world of Internet technologies and instant information. The speed and collapsing distances of this new reality hold challenging implications for traditional identities and communities, along with promising opportunities.” The roundtable was astounding... see below for detailed notes of interest to all concerned about arts, culture and the economy, local to anywhere in the world and global.

2006 CIA Faculty Show combines exceptional art and great party into perfect cultural event

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 09/09/2006 - 02:05.


What a week for fine art in Cleveland! In a wise move to spread the cultural-wealth and art enthusiasts time, Spaces made great noise and started the weekend early by throwing their "Street Repairs" opening party on the relatively quiet 09/07/06 Thursday night, drawing in a huge crowd. Read on about Friday's festivities...

Case Starts Energy Ambassador/Adopt a Building Program

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Wed, 08/30/2006 - 22:31.

I am very excited! I recently volunteered to become an Energy Ambassador at Case Western Reserve Univeristy, part of the Adopt a Building program. I will be adopting Mather House, the building where I work. Mather House is a  century old Gothic Revival former girls dorm  turned office building -- probably not the most energy efficient on campus. I suspect the most  significant improvements at Mather House will be directly related to changing the residents' behavior. I think I could be a good energy ambassador; I am always turning out lights, I go to great pains to recycle, I hate air conditioning and I walk rather than using the campus shuttle bus. But I am looking for suggestions as to how myself and the other residents of Mather House could really make a difference. Please post your ideas. I would also appreciate links to good energy conservation sites. The Adopt a Building program is just getting started. My first "Ambassador's" meeting will be next Wednesday. I will fill you in with more details late next week.

Aerosol artists, DJs, MCs and BBoys show the arts of our core, on the streets

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 08/27/2006 - 00:00.

As a largely grey and blue crowd of arts and peace lovers assembled in Lakewood to think and talk about renowned contemporary artists John Jackson and Masumi Hayashi, now living only in spirit and retrospect, a young and multi-colorful crowd gathered in the "Market Square" pocket park at W.25th and Lorain (across from the West Side Market) to give props to scores of nameless contemporary artists that live on in the streets of Cleveland's urban core, through their art of aerosol paint, rap, scratch and break... otherwise known to the establishment as counter-culture, noise and pollution.

Carlos Jones at A.J. Rocco's

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 08/23/2006 - 12:14.
08/24/2006 - 21:00
08/25/2006 - 01:00
CARLOS JONES w/ Los Amigos


A. J. Rocco's
812 Huron Road 216-861-8358
Cleveland, OH
United States

A. J. Rocco's Sunsplash Party

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 08/23/2006 - 12:10.
08/23/2006 - 17:00
08/23/2006 - 19:00

Reggae Sunsplash Pre Party on the patio.

Going to the show at Tower City?


A. J. Roccos
816 Huron Road 216-861-8358
Cleveland, OH
United States

"Myth America" at Spaces Gallery Closes

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Tue, 08/01/2006 - 22:13.
08/04/2006 - 11:00
08/04/2006 - 19:00

If you have not been to Spaces Gallery to see it yet, your last chance is this Friday August 4th. Nine works that represent the implied theme of the failure of the American Dream in the 21st-century by artists from Ohio, New York and Colorado. This exhibition received a bad review from Dan Tranberg, but see what you think.  


Space Gallery
2220 Superior Viaduct
Cleveland, OH
United States

More to come soon, from Rocket From The Tombs (and, yes, it was the best)!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 07/27/2006 - 00:58.

To Clevelanders who missed RFTT at the Beachland - oops. To Pittsburgh and the rest of the tour, see Rocket From The Tombs... more to post when my ears stop ringing...


Art of the Day: Millennium Park, Chicago

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Thu, 07/27/2006 - 00:03.


Better late than never! Millennium Park opened in 2004, long after the 2000 festivities. Not a problem, this green space/public art extravaganza has lasting appeal.

Check, check, checking out Rocket From The Tombs - a discussion with David Thomas, also of Pere Ubu and Projex Ubu

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/26/2006 - 19:51.


I was really thrilled to get access to photograph the Rocket From The Tombs show tonight at the Beachland Ballroom (if you are reading this before 10 PM - get over there now and read the rest later) - but when I got a call this afternoon from their publicist Ilka saying if I wanted to drop by the soundcheck at 6:30 to do a quick interview with lead singer and founder of RFTT and Pere Ubu and all sorts of other art music projects that I love, I was exstatically intimidated, as I've seen both RFTT and Pere Ubu (many times) so know in every way David Thomas is larger than life - and his music and words foretell a seriousness and directness that doesn't give the sense this is an easy person to chat with... and I was right. But nothing worthwhile is easy, so I took my chances and Evelyn and I hit the Beachland for the treat of hearing a seminal musical force tune their sound, and then be intimidated by the man Pere Ubu in person... well worth the punch.

The sound check was clearly a challenge - David and band belted through core works to force into submission a sound system ill-prepared for the force of the Rockets, in a room not easily yielding to the range of rock blasting forth. Just hearing these talented artists work through the challenges of honing their sound was a great experience to behold, and with the right adjustments the show is set to rock very hard and loud tonight... more on that later.

That David Thomas would still sit down for 15 minutes, after an exhausting sound check, shows he is not a man to be feared - but he is a massive artistic force with an intellect to be respected, and addressed with great respect - super-smart, precise, articulate, certain of himself and his work - uber-artist I wish I had a better opportunity to learn from and observe in action... I'd follow the tour if I had the time and money - I will follow up with the other band members later to get more persectives on their whole phenomenum as it is all so impactful - this is a rare group of talented masters of their arts and the art of music.

Here are a few quick notes from my discussion today with Thoms, which I'll clean up and fill in more as I have time to think about what we discussed, and after the show that starts up in less than an hour... your your sake, I wish you would be there... I'll share photos and insight as I'm able to grasp what I may.

Preview: If you don't Rocket From The Tombs, you don't rock Real NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/26/2006 - 05:31.

How would you describe (Rocket From The Tombs) show to someone that has never seen you playing live?

It is truly one of the great rock experiences you will have. We wouldn't bother otherwise. The people in this band do not belong together. Touring with this band has been the most miserable experience of my life. The only reason I do it is because what we do on stage is so satisfyingly hot.

RFTT have been described as one of the godfathers of punk, a kind of a bridge between the Stooges, hard rock and a more arty sound. What's your opinion about that?

RFTT was, in my opinion, not a punk band. We were a logical step along the progression and evolution of rock music. Our roots seem very obvious. People say the music is so angry you must be rebellious. Yeah, I don't know. It seems to me, as I remember it, what we were angry about was ordinariness. The mainstream rock bands who played in all the clubs were SO ordinary and unambitious, were satisfied with so little when there so much that could be done. That's what I remember. That doesn't seem too punk to me. But I'm not a chicken-hawker either.

What kind of reaction from the crowd did you get while touring? Which kind of feedback from your performances?

Audiences were stunned and extremely happy.


- David Thomas, of Rocket From The Tombs, Pere Ubu, and Cleveland


These quotes, from the liner notes from the 2004 RFTT Rocket Redux release of luminary Cleveland-honed, UK-based David Thomas, founder of globally significant Rocket From The Tombs (RFTT) and Pere Ubu, offer Clevelanders just a hint of what is in store for them tonight, July 26, 2006, at the Beachland Ballroom - the first show of RFTT's 2006 fast-track blast across the other words: